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Apple Files Claim for iPhone 5 Domain Name

By - Source: Fusible | B 22 comments

Months before the next iPhone has been released, Apple is interested in seizing the domain iphone5.com from fans.

In a case filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Apple plans to gain ownership of the domain with the help of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP), which allows a trademark holder to file a dispute against the domain-name holder if there is a copyright violation, or if the domain contains content that is damaging to the trademark holders reputation.

Interestingly, iphone5.com is home to a small community of diehard iPhone fans who are anxiously waiting for the next Apple smartphone. Needless to say, the seizure of their website by the company they love causes mixed emotions, with some members in opposition of the shutdown:

"Yes, You as the community can play a huge part in all this. we as members here before the 4s was even released at iphone5.com should stand our ground against Apple. We have every right to be a fan of the iPhone and to talk and discuss about it. THEY WIILL NOT SHUT US DOWN!!!!!

Call Corporate Of Apple and tell them to stop there persuit!! Blow up there phones, Spam there emails, call there Administration! Do something to get our point across. [sic]"

And others who are supportive of the shutdown:

"First of all, "iPhone" is a registered trademark of apple.

I'm sure many of users would like to type in "www.iphone5.com" and see that iPhone 5's picture shining in front of their eyes, instead of seeing a forum that's consisting of around 300-400 members, (and I'm sure more to come over publicity)

When the iPhone 5 is out, your domain name will lose its loyalty and who will come here to get all the upcoming information about the iPhone 5? When apple's website has enough information provided when it's out, this forum will be useless.

I'm sure if you were apple, you would want the same thing, you've had your time on the domain, now it's time to give it up. [sic]"

There is a good chance Apple will be successful in the acquisition of iphone5.com, but the question remains how, if at all, the company will use it. It's very possible Apple will go the route Samsung went with the Galaxy S III, and use it as a teaser page.

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    del35 , May 8, 2012 10:19 PM
    Does Apple own the domain www.samsungrunscirclesaroundapple.com? Or www.retinadisplayishype4zombies.com? Surely Apple is so magically creative that, well, they must own those domains also.

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    del35 , May 8, 2012 10:11 PM
    Quote:
    iphone5.com


    Sounds very innovative indeed.
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  • 0 Hide
    anti-painkilla , May 8, 2012 9:55 PM
    Come on people, join the forum, make it more relevant.
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    nevilence , May 8, 2012 10:09 PM
    Its pointless to keep the site once the phones released. Save yourself some frustration and just let them have it, I'm sure they will in the end regardless
  • 11 Hide
    del35 , May 8, 2012 10:11 PM
    Quote:
    iphone5.com


    Sounds very innovative indeed.
  • 12 Hide
    del35 , May 8, 2012 10:19 PM
    Does Apple own the domain www.samsungrunscirclesaroundapple.com? Or www.retinadisplayishype4zombies.com? Surely Apple is so magically creative that, well, they must own those domains also.

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    nuvon , May 9, 2012 12:18 AM
    Don't even think about it! I already have iPhone 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.com
  • 7 Hide
    plekter , May 9, 2012 1:35 AM
    Why don't they just buy it?
  • 6 Hide
    nieur , May 9, 2012 1:58 AM
    wondering what would happen if domain name was registered by person outside US?
  • 2 Hide
    bebangs , May 9, 2012 2:11 AM
    plekterWhy don't they just buy it?

    Loves money so much they doesn't want to spend it.
  • 2 Hide
    bebangs , May 9, 2012 2:16 AM
    ^dont

    -- cheap
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    shanevo , May 9, 2012 5:49 AM
    Does apple have a trademark on both the spelling and capitalization? Because they have the website as iphone5.com not iPhone5.com
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    testerguy , May 9, 2012 7:04 AM
    plekterWhy don't they just buy it?


    May not be for sale.

    nieurwondering what would happen if domain name was registered by person outside US?


    .com is american, therefore ownership of dot coms is determined by US courts regardless of where the owner originates.

    del35iphone5.com Sounds very innovative indeed.


    Because customers want non-obvious domain names when they are quickly searching for internet sites? Perhaps google.com should become 'I_Want_To_Find_Things_Please.org'.....

    del35Does Apple own the domain www.samsungrunscirclesaroundapple.com? Or www.retinadisplayishype4zombies.com? Surely Apple is so magically creative that, well, they must own those domains also.


    How about somepeoplearetoodumbtounderstandwhatretinameans.com or samsungjustcaughtupto7montholdphone.com?
  • 9 Hide
    zippyzion , May 9, 2012 7:19 AM
    Firstly, whoever decided on that name for their forum knew they were living on borrowed time. In the old days if you owned a domain you owned it and no one could take it from you. This irritated corperations who pushed to make it legal for them to fill out a few forms and take domains.

    Secondly, why doesn't Apple just use iPhone.com? They already have it.

    Lastly, Apple is run by black hearted, baby eating, inhuman monsters so they will either get it easily or go to court, ruin a few peoples lives, take everything said people own, and end up with it anyways. Any way this ends Apple will have that domain. So the only choice is whether to give it up easily or run a massive smear campaign about how cruel Apple is then be defeated in court.
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    house70 , May 9, 2012 11:58 AM
    The little minions don't stand a chance. They should have not supported Apple's retarded products in the first place.
    In Stewie's memorable words: "what did you learn?..."
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    trumpeter1994 , May 9, 2012 12:21 PM
    I love the irony in this dispute...... I mean the fanboys are getting attacked by the company their fanboys of. Maybe this will finally open up there eyes to how black hearted apple is.
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    videobear , May 9, 2012 1:44 PM
    I don't disagree that Apple should get the domain. But they sure could have gone about it without climbing on their iSteamroller.
  • 0 Hide
    itguy_nyc , May 9, 2012 2:27 PM
    I am going to go out and register iphone6.com :) 
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    itguy_nyc , May 9, 2012 3:11 PM
    lol ... I just visited these forums and there is 4 threads in the general discussion. LOL. In cases like this, I think the corporate entity should pay for them to move to a new domain name. If they paid to register the domain and apple wants it, they should get paid for it. Now I do not think they should make money on the deal, but they should get enough cash to cover any charges to change their domain name.
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    djscribbles , May 9, 2012 4:38 PM
    Quote:
    Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP),


    U DRP is the best acronym ever.
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    Rattengesicht , May 9, 2012 4:43 PM
    testerguy.com is american, therefore ownership of dot coms is determined by US courts regardless of where the owner originates.


    .com is not american. It is just currently maintained by an US company. Regarding ownership: Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.
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